Interesting news from new young airlines

Good News for travelers and aviation.

It could be said in the airline industry that 2016 was part of a continuing trend whereby the aviation sectors ‘new kids on the block’ keep making the pace regarding new routes and cheap fares.

Here we look at two airlines from very different backgrounds, and what they have been achieving recently.

LATAM Leading the Way in South America

LATAM a relatively young South American Airline, has announced a number of new routes:

Firstly is the three-times a week non-stop flight between Santiago Chile and Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia

Secondly, twice-weekly direct flights operating between Santiago Chile and Orlando seasonally until March 1, 2017.

Thirdly, a four-times a week non-stop service between Lima Peru and Cartegena De Indias, Columbia.

Finally, this is on top of 19 new routes introduced in 2016, the most significant of which are the Lima Peru-Washington and Sao Paolo-Johannesburg services (the only one operated between South American and Africa by a Latin American airline).The Lima-Barcelona route introduced in December is an addition to current European services operated to London, Frankfurt, Paris and Milan.However, the icing on the cake will be the new route between Santiago and Melbourne, LATAM’s deepest foray into long-haul destinations.

Obviously, local routes between Latin American countries do not often attract much attention, but the point is that such developments help to open up the lower half of the American continent.It is great news for the more adventurous traveler, the backpacker, the honeymooners wanting a unique experience they can talk about to their grandchildren, or the businessman seeking to make new contacts and explore new markets.

Increasing flights between Latin America, Australia, and Africa can only be good news.

Norwegian Continues to impress

The second of the rapidly growing operators is Norwegian, which has amazed everyone by flying nearly 30 million passengers in 2016 and 2,145,000 passengers in December alone. We could describe this as solid growth, but that would be the understatement of the year. A pattern of cheap fares and good customer service is obviously working

Recent highlights include the introduction of its Las Vegas service (among 34 new routes) the only direct link between London and Puerto Rico and an increasing proportion of transatlantic traffic particularly between Paris and several U.S. cities.Norwegian seem particularly pleased that a high proportion of transatlantic travelers use them for onward journeys into Europe, and it can be seen as a compliment to their price competitiveness and brand recognition.

An announcement is now eagerly awaited about new routes from its Cork/Shannon hub in Ireland after the award of a U.S. carrier license to its Irish subsidiary.With 21 new aircraft delivered recently, it could be argued that the only way is up for Norwegian.

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